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Labatt BlueLabatt Blue

Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Labatt Blue is the best-selling Canadian beer in the world. Introduced in 1951 as Labatt Pilsener, it was named for the colour of its label by fans of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team. Blue was the first brand in Canada with a twist-off cap and won the silver medal in the International Lager category at the 1998 Brewing Industry International Awards. Labatt Blue, brewed using specially selected aromatic hops, is a well-balanced, fully matured, full-flavoured beer with a fruity character and a slightly sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of Jackson2014
1.77/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

This isn't very nice. But there is something slightly decent about it.

Pours like keystone light. Hmm

Smells like nothing, but cold urine comes to mind a little.

Tastes decent. But the immediate aftertaste is not enjoyable.

Overall I do not like this beer. Although there is something nice about it which I cannot place. high school nastalgia? Sorta yuck

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Photo of Foyle
2.69/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a thick white head which recedes quickly with a little lacing. Color is pale straw with some streaming carbonation present.
Aroma: fairly mild, a bit of bread dough and lightly toasted barley malt.
Mouthfeel: light and crisp with a dry finish.
Flavor: sweet barley malt, some fruit flavor and some grassy hops.
Overall: a decent lager, I would have this again if the price is right.

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Photo of johnb1962
3.77/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a great change of pace beer when I want to have a cheap full keg to
have in my keggerator . i wouldn't want to have it all the time but once a year
it works for me. BTW I try to only drink beer on draft since draft beer has a better
overall taste.

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Photo of Ohiolager
2.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Labatt Blue Canadian Pilsner 24 oz can $1.49(OH)

Can poured into a stemless white wine glass. No freshness date. Look up the can/bottle codes on freshbeeronly.

pours a pale gold, almost straw yellow. A one and a half finger head that gives way to some lacing on the glass.

I don't smell much. light malts, slight hops, and a corny adjunct smell.

The taste is better than the smell. A light typical pilsner taste, light hops, very light malts. And finishes smooth and dry with a somewhat adjunct flavor. Better than the triple hop pilsner of M-C.

mouth feel is light but crisp. good carbonation, not overdone like other cheap brews. Leaves a light dry taste in your mouth.

Overall this is a brew that is simply OK. better than some other adjunct brews I've had. would i buy it again. Maybe , I have had it before and I am drinking it now.

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Photo of nicholas2121
2.92/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labatt Blue brewed Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. This brew has an ABV of 5.0% , and pours out a nice amber color with a thick white head. This brew looks like American style lager. Nothing good but nothing bad so far. The smell is good, you pick up a beer smell. You pick up on grains and malts,and a hit of hops, in this brew. At this point I'm liking this brew. Now for the taste,there is not much there. At first you get some richness but goes away fast. There is some malts and grains in the taste of this brew. After that, it is just flat and than nothing. To me it tastes like flat bud light. It is smooth but there is not much to the taste of this brew. Mouth feel is ok it reminds me of a light beer. You really can't pick up on the 5.0% abv. I feel if there was more of a taste this brew I would like it better. Overall, I'm giving this brew a 3 out of 5. I was expecting more out of this brew. I would drink this brew again. Not the best Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. I had.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
2.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought a 24 ounce can for $1.09
Can't complain about the price.

I like the looks of the can. Bright blue with a red Canadian maple leaf.

The beer itself is pretty ordinary looking. Maybe a little more color than your typical
American Lager.

The white head disappeared quickly.

Highly carbonated when first poured, but seems to go flat after a few minutes.

It has a slightly sweet smell.

Ice cold it is not half bad. As the beer warms, it develops a funny beery after taste.
(Probably from the adjuncts)

Mouth feel has some slickness.

Even with the after taste, this is easy to drink.

Overall, a below average American lager.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

11.5 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label and a branded twist-off pressure cap acquired a part of a 6 pack at my local corner mart and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live as a pilsener.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Mediocre complexion and consistency. Subpar creaminess and frothiness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes.

Body colour is a transparent translucent copper of average vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible; it's quite clean. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's a pretty average appearance for the style.

Sm: Sweet malts and corn adjunct. Clean barley. Generic characterless hops.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A bland boring aroma of average strength. Not real inviting. Meh.

T: Generic sweet malts, corn adjunct, and clean barley. That's about it.

No hop profile, yeast character, or alcohol comes through.

Painfully simple. Boring. Unbalanced. Not a gestalt build - or even a real cohesive one. Lacks complexity, subtlety, nuance, and intricacy. Not an inspired or bold brew. I'm not really enjoying it.

Mf: Smooth, wet, crisp. Light to medium bodied. Okay thickness. Mediocre presence on the palate. Unrefreshing. Average acidity. Overcarbonated.

Texture doesn't really suit the flavour profile all that well.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, boozy, harsh, or rough.

Okay presence on the palate.

Dr: A downable beer in this style. I'm not horribly impressed, but I do like it for what it is. I doubt I'd get it again, but you could do worse in this style. This bottle will be easy to kill. This is about as average as they come, but I do want to point out that the price point and availability are both excellent. Pedestrian.

Low C

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Photo of ChiChi
2.26/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

To me, it's the Budweiser of Canada, The Coca-Cola, and The McDonald's. Ya know the..meh.. the widely distributed, the average. No disrespect to any of those corporations. Ya pay a little more in the states with it being imported. The color and mouthfeel is light and uneventful but not offensive. Slight tracing in the glass, goes away quickly. Don't get me wrong, a drinkable beer, a buyable beer, drank it in Toronto and thought it was better there on tap. Leaves a heavy sharpy, alcohol residue on the tongue, so I wouldn't recommend combining it with other brews.

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Photo of odannyob
2.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's been on sale for over a month now @ the primary place I buy spirits and so I gotta 12 pack of cans and my wife likes it; every now and again because it's so, unoffensive.
She likes the cans because they don't take as much room in the ice box as do bottles do and just havin' a quick brew after work while starting din-din fits the urge.
as for me, t'ain't bad. a very simple biere.

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Photo of smokinyodas
2.83/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled clear and golden with a white head. It has a sweet smooth taste of hops and malt throughout. Could swear there is an after taste of wine grape skins. Overall this is a mass production beer that is a little different than other Canadian beers I've tried. There’s nothing to complain about and nothing remarkable either.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.04/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Just a daily drinker if you want a cold one. Excellent value at the minimum price at The Beer Store.... 30.00 for 24 bottles

A- Good average north American beer. Light golden colour nothing special

S- Good average north American beer!

T- A bit more body than most. Nice carbonation. Light drinking

M- Nothing special but refreshingly light

O- Good average North American beer!!

Food Pairing

This run of the mill beer goes with anything you want to drink beer with! Enjoy!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is way too weak to have any real respect and the nose holds little to no personality. Despite the lack of nose I found the cereal grain and light Pilsner malts to be better than average. There is an easy drinkability but it's highly carbonated and very crisp. Overall it's not the world's best Pilsner but it will do in a pinch.

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Photo of schoolboy
2.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Just padding my reviews, and backfilling with stuff like this. I get Labatts in quantity once a year or so - a few cases, rebated and really cheap. This last year I gave away a couple cases and worked on a couple myself. We just opened a couple cans yesterday, and man were they tough to drink.

It is typical Canadian lager, yellow, slightly malty smelling and sweet. It makes me not want to drink beer, and later makes me regret drinking it. It is too sweet and thin tasting, yet maybe it would be better if it were thinner and less offensive.

We sometime try to fortify the taste by mixing it with quality brews (10:1, or so). It doesn't help, but the color changes.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

DATE TASTED: November 23, 2013... GLASSWARE: Wychwood pint... OCCASION: PSU vs. Nebraska--a good reason for some EXTRA blue!... APPEARANCE: tawny clear straw golden body with swift bubbles that simmer to an uneven white,, filmy head--looks a bit weak... AROMA: thin, crisply corny malt pop with a slightly beefy afterscent; medicinal, almost band-aid-like vapor; then, nondescript... PALATE: THIN; Corona-esque mouthfeel; doesn't linger anywhere; gassy and bubbly...TASTE: THIN, woody, somewhat floral esters mesh with a 40-ounce malt to produce a drinkable, albeit pedestrian lager flavor...OVERALL: revisiting a beer I had over fifteen years ago, the experience is much shorter than the excitement I felt holding a 24-ounce tall back then; cookie-cutter and mouth-rinsing, with little to suggest a nuance...

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Photo of Mavigo
2.74/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured this sucker into a pint.

A: Pours a apple juice gold color with a half inch off white head that evaporates fast leaving no lacing.

S: Smells of corn, grass, grains, and not much else

T: Tastes bland, just corn, grains, grass, it's smooth but there's not much here.

M: Over carbonated with minimal flavor.

O: Overall, yeah well you know already. Just another fizzy yellow drink that the masses drink. However, I am able to stomach this more than it's competitors. It's alright.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

In the process of going back and reviewing beers I had previously rated to provide a full review. While some of them I had on tap and aren't likely to find anytime soon, and others were limited releases that I'm unlike to purchase again, Labatt Blue is neither, it is highly accessible and cheap but not particularly enjoyable. I'm not sure if I will get to many of these in this vein, but I plan to try to get to a few.

Served cold into a pint glass, single bottle picked up for $2.00 CDN.

Appearance - Decent pale gold color crossed with piss yellow with a 1/2 finger of white head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing and very few bubbles in the glass, but saw a few extremely small floating particles.

Smell - Sweet corn adjuncts and not much else. Nothing like a cooked vegetative smell or any other bad smells, just nothing. Could be a lot worse.

Taste - Sweetcorn up front, almost mind-numbingly so for my palate and then transitions into a bunch of nothing. Slightly vegetative tasting as well. Not awful but definitely nowhere near good or enjoyable for me.

Mouthfeel - Decent feel, medium carbonation, no weird textures and a nothing aftertaste.

Overall - Pretty mediocre, but better than some of the swill offered in bars. If I'm looking for something in this style though, I'm looking Canadian as it's better than this. Obviously anyone enjoying this, I recommend serving it cold and a frosted mug while not my thing, wouldn't hinder this beer in any manner.

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Photo of Scarvingdozen87
4.32/5  rDev +61.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Smells like it has a slight caramel malt taste, but not an over powering one.

T: Smooth, non-heavy beer! This beer definitely stands out among most beers! Great taste!

O: Definitely a beer to try. My good friend tried it, and labatte became his all time favorite beer. This has always been my favorite! A distinct taste with this beer! Great and amazing taste of Canada!

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Photo of LXIXME
2.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Big white head settles slowly above a clear bright golden colored beer.

Very light aroma of some pale grains.

A very light washed out grain malts taste.

Dryish aftertaste that stays around a while with this light bodied beer.

This beer seems like a lighter very of PBR.

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Photo of Jonada
2.69/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

24oz can served in a standard pint glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw yellow color with 2 fingers of a fizzy white head that dissipates instantly. Body is crystal clear.

Smell: Corn, cereal grain, hint of grassy hops, generic beer smell. Strength of the aroma is weak.

Taste: Same as the nose. Grainy, slight grassiness, bit of a vegetal quality in the finish and aftertaste. Light bitterness in the finish, but it's almost metallic rather than a hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. Medium prickly carbonation.

Overall: It's a typical AAL, which is to say, not very good. Within that classification, it's neither the best or the worst of the bunch.

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Photo of Beric
2.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving: 24oz can into pint glass
Served: 31 August 2013

Appearance: Pale yellow with a one finger, frothy white head that doesn't really stick around for a long time. The head dissipates to nothing- not even leaving a small ring of bubbles like some other heads that collapse. The beer looks unimpressive, and would be complimented better by a head that sticks around.

Smell: Smells sweet and corny. Not much to mention here- it smells like stereotypical 'beer', but perhaps just a bit sweeter from the corn and with a hint of metallic funk going on.

Taste: I thought this one would be comparable to PBR but it really is much worse. The sweetness overpowers everything, and you really can't taste much beyond that. Even cold, this beer lacks some of the earthy/skunky "complexities" of AALs and is dominated by a sweet corn flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation for the style.

Overall: A poor beer and one that I would not drink again. A step below PBR and even other mass produced adjuncts.

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Photo of metter98
2.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but left a thin layer bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and a decent amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of corn along with notes of rice. No bitterness is really noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and doesn't seem as watery compared to some of the other beers in the style. There's no "off" flavors.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a bottle at The Angus Barn in Raleigh, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light hints of bright yellow. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy bright white head that quickly reduces to a small to medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light to moderate aromas of slightly sweet malts with notes of corn and rice present. Light amounts of grassy hops are present as well.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet malts and mostly adjunct malt flavors - primarily corn with some lighter amounts of rice and grain. Extremely light hints of grassy hops which give it a touch of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a nostalgic beer for me - lots of Labatt Blue was consumed when I was a college student in upstate NY during the early to mid 1990s. Not really any better than I remembered it being but not horrible.

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Photo of Damian
3.02/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Drank from an 11.5 fl. oz./340 ml bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, deep golden color. An inch tall, bubbly, bright white head topped the liquid, but it quickly fell to a very thin film. No lacing whatsoever.

Husky, grainy malts dominated the aroma. Dry and powdery with a crisp, lager yeast quality. Rather uninteresting. As the beer sat, mild lemon and wheat notes came forth.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. Lots of husky grains and adjunct notes. Slightly wheaty, lemony and tart. Hint of generic hops and earthy bitterness on the finish. There was a slight skunkiness as well. All in all, the beer had a decent amount of flavor for the style.

Light and fizzy on the palate. The spritzy, prickly effervescence was quite off-putting.

Aside from the mouthfeel, Labatt Blue is a respectable adjunct lager. This might be good lawnmower beer or a budget-minded pounder during hockey season.

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Photo of 7beerphil
4.26/5  rDev +59.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

24oz can into a pint glass

Light golden color. Head fizzes quickly, then dissipates with good lacing.

Not much of a smell going on here. Really can't pick up anything.

Taste is refreshingly mild. Not overly sweet, not bitter. And surprisingly not extra corn-filled. It is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin, with the proper amount of carbonation. Not overly bubbly, which is a good thing.

Overall, this is a quality Canadian Lager. Anyone who appreciates a simple, yet refreshing brew can appreciate this. No need at all to bash it, as it does indeed have its place in the beer world.

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Photo of KC8LTL
2.89/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

OK - this is not my thing, but I was at a party and this is what they had available. Served from 12 oz. can, poured into a blue solo cup.

The pour gave a very limited head that dissipated rather quickly. No real lacing was apparent. Smell was basic mass-market beer smell - no off flavors noticed but nothing to really care about.

When I drank it however, it seemed to be fairly well balanced - but balanced close to water. But then again, for the STYLE, it should be. I found nothing objectionable, but then again I found little to be really interested in, either. But as it warmed in the cup, it still tasted decent - something not the case for too many American Lagers

Mouthfeel seemed thin, which while being true to style is often enhanced by more carbonation, which was missed here.

It would be easy to be a beer snob and belittle this. It is not what I would pick most of the time. But there really wasn't anything WRONG with it. It is a bit blah to my liking, but was fine with for the social gathering, and would likewise be fine to cool off after mowing the lawn on a warm day.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.67 out of 5 based on 2,014 ratings.
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